Carbon Sequestration and Resiliency of the Urban Forest (12-DG-11132544-406)
The proposed collaborative project will further understanding of urban forest responses and mitigation potential related to projected climatic change. Currently, stakeholders lack a comprehensive understanding of carbon storage in urban ecosystems, resilience of urban forests to projected climatic fluctuations, and variation in both across an urban continuum. We aim to fill these important knowledge gaps by building upon existing regional-scale urban forest data-sets with intensive sampling of carbon storage in urban soils, dendrochronological analysis of urban tree growth resilience, and development and validation of an urban tree site index. The outcomes of this work will be a more complete understanding of urban ecosystem carbon sequestration and storage potential and likely response of urban trees to projected climate change across a metropolitan region. We will partner with a diverse team of scientists, educators, advocates, and policy-makers to produce and disseminate this knowledge, which is essential to maintaining and promoting the benefits of urban forests. Products will be made available to a diverse audience of professionals, public, and non-traditional partners through a variety of platforms including scientific and professional meetings and publications, education and outreach events, mailings, and interactive web-based tools.
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
Trees and Climate Change